In Memoriam Fall 2017

Kendall Feeney 1959-2017

In March, Eastern Washington University mourned the passing of longtime EWU Music Department faculty member Kendall Feeney. An accomplished pianist, Feeney came to Eastern in 1990 and most recently was director of the EWU Contemporary Music Ensemble.

Feeney, the wife of EWU English professor Anthony Flinn, leaves a lasting impact on Eastern and the Spokane arts community. As a piano educator, she was nationally recognized for her work with injured musicians. She frequently performed piano recitals, appeared with the Spokane Symphony, and was active with the Northwest Bach Festival.

In 1997, Feeney was awarded the Individual Artist of the Year by the Spokane Arts Commission and is included in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Women. From 1991 to 2003, Feeney was artistic director and founder of the critically acclaimed Northwest concert series ZEPHYR: A New Design for Classical Music.

Eastern’s Oldest Graduate Dies

On May 13, 2017, Vera Thrall Johnson died at age 108. She was a resident of Columbia Crest Care Center in Moses Lake, Washington.

In 1926, she left the family homestead in rural Marlin, Washington, to start her teaching studies at Eastern, then known as Cheney Normal School. She would eventually return home where she taught school, there, and at several other country schoolhouses during her long career.

In the fall of 2014, Eastern magazine writer Jeff Bunch and Lisa Poplawski, director of Alumni Advancement visited Johnson in Moses Lake. She was 105 at the time, and a study in resiliency, beating colon cancer at age 94 and recovering from injuries sustained in a fall at home.
Her advice on how to live a long life – “Walk every day and eat your vegetables,” and “Get an education because no one can take that away,” she said.

Eastern magazine extends its condolences to the families and friends of these individuals: 

2000s

’07 Elizabeth “Marie” Tripp, age 45, died May 11

’04 Ragna Hamberlin, age 37, died June 2

’00 Andrea L. Gonzales, age 40, died March 13

’00 Sarah J. Lewis, age 38, died March 12

1990s

’97 David E. Carr, age 44, died March 8

’92 Alice V. Miller, age 80, died March 23

’91 James M. Gun, age 68, died April 5

’90 Bruce C. Johnson, age 66, died March 3

 1980s

’89 Buela Duty, age 61, died June 29

’88 Kelly Triplet, age 53, died April 17

’86 Jamie Eleanor Breedlove, age 66, died June 8

’86 Lisa K. Shellman, age 54, died April 18

’83 Sandra J. Anton, age 75, died Feb. 5

’83 Robert “Bob” Bublitz, age 83, died July 12

’83 Paula R. Salzano, age 56, died June 1

’82 Pam E. Close, age 70, died March 29

’82 Joanne M. McDonald-Elias, age 79, died Feb. 21

’81 Dennis L. Adel, age 67, died Feb. 22

’81 Charles G. Bancroft, age 65, died Feb. 28

’80 Krista L. Bighaus, age 59, died Feb. 13

’80 Don M. Potts, age 60, died May 6

 1970s

’79 Linda H. Mikelson, age 60, died May 3

’78 Robert J. Carroll, age 63, died Jan. 15

’78 Cary B. Day, age 63, died April 29

’77 Paul A. Cicero, age 63, died June 25

’77 Glenn B. Eklund, age 63, died June 17

’77 Marcia J. Stiltner, age 69, died Jan. 29

’76 John R. Erickson, age 71, died May 20

’75 Gary K. Broyles, age 68, died Jan. 23

’75 Stephen P. Horobiowski, age 66, died Jan. 21

’74 Alice L. Danielson, age 85, died May 24

’74 D.L. Stevens, age 83, died Jan. 7

’73 Jody (Eisenman) Schierman, age 67, died May 12

’72 Lowell E. Reese, age 74, died June 7

’72 Gary R. Warren, age 70, died April 16

’71 Robert V. Bingham, age 73, died May 5

’71 Charles E. Gillard, age 77, died May 3

’71 Vernon J. Madson, age 67, died May 12

’71 James T. Norwood, age 86, died Jan. 28

’70 Rodney L. Derusha, age 72, died May 20

 1960s

’68 Alan W. Knott, age 71, died May 13

’68 John A. Zilar, age 78, died April 18

’66 William L. Boyle, age 72, died May 3

’66 Alvin Hymer, age 74, died July 1

’66 Herman Littman, age 97, died May 24

’65 Paul D. Shepard, age 77, died March 2

’65 Walter D. Sheridan, age 80, died April 3

’65 Terry N. Turner, age 74, died April 8

’64 Howard W. D. Bailey, age 81, died April 16

’64 Gary C. Bean, age 75, died March 2

’64 Bud A. Stimson, age 75, died April 19

’63 Wallace Caviness, age 76, died March 3

’61 Maj. Creed R. Morgan, age 81, died April 19

’60 Charles W. Wiltse Jr., age 83, died Jan. 30

1950s

’59 Lois A. Woodell, age 87, died Dec. 31, 2016

’57 Edward L. Angstrom, age 85, died March 2

’57 Jack E. Lane, age 82, died March 30

’54 George L. Cowan, age 85, died Jan. 4

’54 Donelle Grob, age 84, died March 27

’54 M. Lois Lunden, age 84, died Jan. 25

’54 Tom P. O’Leary, age 84, died April 13

’53 Awanna Kalal, age 86, died June 3

’53 Harvey L. Lochhead, age 85, died Jan. 9

’52 Richard E. Hollingsworth, age 87, died March 11

’52 Mona F. Weber, age 86, died April 3

’51 Suzanne E. Moody, age 87, died April 11

’51 Robert R. Palmer, age 87, died Feb. 15

’51 Neil D. Prescott, age 88, died April 30

’50 Wayne W. Worsham, age 93, died Feb. 20

1940s

’49 Richard M. Rogers, age 92, died May 27

’48 Herbert R. Warriner, age 94, died March 3

’47 Sally W. Cole, age 92, died March 14

’41 LaVerne Werner, age 100, died March 9

1930s

’39 Jean F. Stevens, age 98, died March 24

Faculty and Staff

Eva Callahan, age 85, died April 26. She retired from the Education Department July 1, 1997, after 31 years of service.

Sanford E. “Sandy” Gerber, PhD, age 83, died in May. He researched and wrote extensively on communication disorders, auditory dysfunction and hearing science. He retired in 2000.

Chris Sublett, age 79, died April 3. He retired in August 2002 from the Art Department after 29 years of service.

Bill Turlington, age 63, died March 29, 2017. He was employed in EWU’s IT Department at the time of his death. He had worked there since September 1997.

Miriam (Micki) Werner, age 83, died Feb. 28, 2017. She retired from EWU in March 2003, after 14 years of service in the Women’s Studies Department. She resided in Indiana.

Lewellyn “Lew” Wilson, age 82, died June 10. He retired from the Communications Department in 1991, after 23 years of service.

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